Arsene Wenger has announced the player he feels is deserving of the Player of the Year award, and many may be surprised to find that the player in question plies his trade for rivals Man United.
The Frenchman did not go as far as to name his former flying Dutchman Robin van Persie, however, instead opting for United’s former Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick, who Wenger believes would fit right in at Barcelona.
Wenger also believes that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has ruled himself out of contention following his biting bust up with Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, saying: “You had, as people said, Suarez. But Suarez has bitten into his reward!”
Wenger did acknowledge that van Persie won the award shortly before departing the Gunners for United, and now believes that it is time to give it to someone different – namely van Persie’s club team-mate.
He said: “I would choose Carrick, as Robin had it last season – give it to somebody different. He is a quality passer. He could play in Barcelona. He would be perfectly suited to their game.
“He has a good vision and an intelligent player and it is for what he has achieved in his whole career as well. It is this year or never for him – he is 32 years old and after they go down.
“I think Carrick is an under-rated player in England – sometimes not only should the goal-scorer be rewarded but the real players in the heart of the game.
“Carrick, for me, deserves it.”
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